NEW YORK — The Latest on New York City’s annual West Indian Day Parade (all times local):
People who attended New York City’s West Indian Day Parade have lauded the event despite a spate of violence preceding it.
Archly Mathieu says the music was the best part of Monday’s Caribbean celebration in Brooklyn. Her friend Bassem Ashew says she most enjoys seeing everyone come together.
Onlookers along the parade route waved the flags of Caribbean nations. Dancers in brightly colored costumes and feathered crowns shimmied their way along as steel drum bands played music in the streets.
Earlier, two people were fatally shot during pre-dawn festivities leading up to the start of the parade.
Authorities have identified two people shot and killed in separate incidents during a pre-dawn Caribbean festival hours before New York City’s West Indian Day Parade.
Police say 17-year-old Tyreke Borel was shot in the chest around 4 a.m. Monday and 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau was shot in the face a short distance away around 4:15 a.m.
No arrests have been made.
The shootings took place in the area of J’ouvert (joo-VAY’), which celebrates Caribbean culture and takes place in the early morning hours on Labor Day before the parade. Both events have been marred by violence in recent years. The police presence was increased this year because of safety concerns.
The celebration of all things Caribbean has brought costumed revelers and steel drum bands to the streets of New York City for the annual West Indian Day Parade.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and a slew of other state and city officials are among the marchers in Brooklyn. Onlookers have crowded along the parade route, carrying the flags of the different Caribbean nations.
Police presence has been significant at the parade and the pre-dawn festival that precedes it, J’ouvert (joo-VAY’), both of which have been marred by violence.
Two people were shot to death in the streets around the area Monday as J’ouvert was going on.
Last year, an aide to the governor was shot and killed during J’ouvert festivities.
New York City police say two people have been shot to death during a carnival in the hours before the West Indian Day Parade.
Police say a male in his late teens or early 20s was shot in the chest at around 3:50 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn. He died at a hospital.
Police say about 25 minutes later, a 22-year-old woman was shot in the head just a block away and died at a hospital.
Police are investigating whether the shootings are related.
The shootings happened during J’ouvert (joo-VAY’), a carnival celebrating Caribbean culture held before dawn each Labor Day. The event is often marred by violence. Last year, an aide to the governor was killed by a stray bullet.